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Practice areas


  1. Business: 34%
    19 years
  2. M & A: 33%
    19 years
  3. Venture Capital: 33%
    19 years

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  • Megan L. Muir

    Michael and I worked on opposite sides of a convoluted transaction recently. He and a colleague on his team were able to resolve some very convoluted, intertwined legal and business issues and the deal came together in the end. He's talented as a lawyer and has great common sense.


    Megan Muir Venture capital Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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Perkins Coie LLP

505 Howard Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA, 94105


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
America's Leading LawyersChambers USA2015
America's Leading LawyersChambers USA2014
America's Leading LawyersChambers USA2013
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
America's Leading LawyersChambers USA2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers Magazine2011
Who's Who of High-Ranking Silicon Valley ExecutivesSilicon Valley Business Journal2007
40 Under 40Silicon Valley Business Journal2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Firmwide Chair, Corporate PracticePerkins Coie LLP2015 - Present
Partner, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital GroupPerkins Coie LLP2005 - 2015
Associate, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital GroupPerkins Coie LLP1999 - 2004
Associate, Corporate Securities GroupWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati1997 - 1999
Summer AssociateFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson1996 - 1996
Summer Associate, Equity Derivatives Documentation GroupMorgan Stanley1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Corporations Committee of the Business Section of the State Bar of CaliforniaMember2014 - Present
National Venture Capital Association, Model Document Working GroupMember2006 - Present
ABA Working Group on Legal OpinionsMember2010 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
State University of New York, AlbanyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Growth and Exit Strategies for Software and IT CompaniesM&A Cage Match2014
startupPerColator SeriesSeed Investments: How to Be Attractive to Early Stage Investors and the "Right" Seed Investment Structure For You2013
BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon ValleyPrivacy and the Price of Free2013
E-Bootcamp Panel on the PeopleWho's Involved in Your Startup?2011
Digital Visions WorkshopNon-profit Strategies2007
TiECON2006Entrepreneurial Bazaar2006
The Dealmaker Strategy SeriesWeb 2.0 & The Enterprise2006
The Dealmaker Strategy SeriesMaking Acquisitions Work: Keys to Post-Merger Success2005
Red Herring Fall 2005 ConferenceGrowth Strategies for Growth Companies2005